Garage Conversions in Barnes, London


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Barnes Quality Garage Conversions

There are a few different ways to expand existing rooms within your home, a low-cost garage conversion is one of the most attractive. Because a garage is a pre-existing structure, a conversion can be much cheaper than an extension, which would involve building something completely new. If your garage already has lights and possibly an electric door, there could be no need for any kind of electrical rewiring for your new garage conversion. Garage conversions are typically single storey structures which are an addition to your existing house. A garage is a perfect place for a conversion as this space is typically just used for storage. Elite builders London can be trusted to design and build the ideal garage conversion that will turn the space into something you want. We will not waste either time or money when converting your garage into a beautiful living space.
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Most Garages Are Unused Spaces

When most people consider extending their home in some way, they don’t consider that the garage could be the best way to do this. Our team of expert designers and builders will be able to provide you with a superb garage conversion that meets your exact specifications.

It is worthwhile to think about whether you are using your garage for anything important or not.

Our living spaces have grown progressively smaller over recent years therefore it can often be a waste of space to be keeping a car in a garage. Some years ago most people used to simply use the garage for storing their car. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. It is very likely that your garage is overflowing with rubbish and items that you don’t use.

Most households have stored their garages, exercise equipment, toys, or memorabilia, and very often it will take some time to dispose of these things, so they appear to remain in garages for years or even decades.  Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need

Will the Addition of a Garage Conversion Add Value to my Property?

If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions

If your property boasts a double garage we could do a superb conversion on only half the space. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park

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Is your garage space being used wisely?

Large family vehicles and reduced living space means that more and more garages are being wasted in terms of the additional space they could provide for your home. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.

By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Our expert team of builders will be happy to convert your garage in Barnes into a beautiful additional living space which will also prove to be extremely cost-effective.

If your property would benefit by extra daylight, one of our quality garage conversions could be the perfect solution. It is a wonderful addition to any home to convert a garage which has an adjoining room, mainly because the lightness and airiness of the adjoining room is greatly increased.

Here are some ways that a garage conversion will improve your property

  • No need to relocate to a new, bigger house
  • Four larger internal living spaces
  • Increasing property value
  • Large family
  • Easy to park the vehicle somewhere else
  • Also difficult to fit larger vehicle in standard 150 ft.² garage
  • Probably not necessary to request planning permission
  • No need to relocate to a bigger property
  • Perfect conversion to suit your requirements
  • Reduce unwanted items in the house
  • Increased luminosity in interior living space

Our Garage Conversion Services in Barnes

There are many considerations when planning a quality garage conversion, including whether your space will need floor ceiling, insulation, painting, or any other kind of work. Depending on the conversion in Barnes you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Why not convert your workspace in Barnes?

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Would you like a brand-new office space in your Barnes home?

With the increasing rise of remote workers, converting your garage into a stylish home office space could be the perfect solution for you to enjoy working from home. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways.  Why not contact our expert engineering team today to get more information on the elite builders London process to convert your garage into a unique and beautiful space

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a Home Office, elite builders London can assist you.

Barnes High-Quality Extra Bedroom Conversions

Why not expand your home in Barnes? Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!

Why not convert for extra storage space in Barnes?

One thing that many households need is more storage space Our beautifully designed storage systems are certainly not run-of-the-mill and will revolutionise the way you store items in your house. Our meticulous engineers can devise an orderly way to store all of your household items, essential documents, towels, etc. behind closed doors and in a way that will revolutionise the internal space in your home. Our detail oriented approach means that your new storage space will allow you to store all of your family’s items in a tidy and efficient manner.

Quality kids playroom conversion in Barnes

Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Barnes? Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Converting your living space in Barnes

It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there other people who love to read or watch films in your family? Whatever you may want to use your new living room for, we can provide those unique touches to allow you to engage in your favourite activities, for example if you love to read we can install wall-to-wall bookshelves. Our renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind

Converting your garage and planning permission in Barnes

For many garage conversions especially integral or attached spaces most of the work is in-house (except the changing the front and installing one or two windows). If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Barnes.

Within your house deeds there could be a restrictive covenant which requires that the garage be kept as a parking area, these will need to be discharged. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Barnes to apply for formal approval.

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By putting together any design sketches and asking for approval from householder planning, you will still be able to convert your garage even if your PD rights have been revoked. It is a wonderful addition to any home to convert a garage which has an adjoining room, mainly because the lightness and airiness of the adjoining room is greatly increased.

What does our garage conversion service in Barnes entail?

Our dedicated and reliable team can take charge of any works that need to be done such as insulation or roof leak fixing, before your garage conversion is completed. Any council consents that you may require in Barnes to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Converting Your Workspace in Barnes

Are you missing a corner of an office in your Barnes home?

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. Our ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.

We can assist you with any kind of lighting scheme, colour scheme, storage idea etc that you may have for your quality garage conversion. Whatever you require, we can help.

Quality extra bedroom conversions in Barnes

Why not expand your home in Barnes? Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?

High-Quality Storage Space Conversion in Barnes

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. Our detail oriented approach means that your new storage space will allow you to store all of your family’s items in a tidy and efficient manner.

Quality kids playroom conversion in Barnes

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Barnes? Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?

High quality living space conversion in Barnes

In Barnes your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there any avid movie watchers or book lovers in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Garage conversions and planning permission in Barnes

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.

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If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Barnes. If your property was built recently there could be restrictive covenants within the deeds that require your garage to be used only as a parking area, it is possible to discharge this covenant however. It could be possible that your Barnes property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

Even if pd rights have been revoked, you will still be able to follow a scheme however you would need to put together appropriate sketches and ask for approval from householder planning. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Depending upon the property where you wish to carry out the conversion, we may need to apply for various permits, for example if you reside in a listed building, or you have adjacent neighbours.

Converting your garage and building regulations in Barnes

Building regulations help to ensure within the industry that projects are undertaken and completed to the highest standards, your garage conversion would therefore be subject to these. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.

Building control will look over your structural plans and will be able to confirm that there are within the building regulations, ensuring that the construction of your conversion also conforms to these regulations. By inspecting the key areas of the conversion construction a building control officer or authorised inspector can provide additional assurance that key areas such as ventilation, insulation and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), are all built to conform with the building regulations.

Garage conversion considerations and key works in Barnes

The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.

The first task will be to strip the main structure, at which stage you get the clearest view of what’s in store yet including why you’re most likely to find unforeseen problems (such as patchy foundations or secret issues in the walls) that could add to costs. Here are some of the highlights

  Evaluating the existing floor

The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. By levelling the pre-existing concrete floor, damp proofing it and insulating it, we can ensure thermal efficiency within the new conversion. Our expert team of engineers are highly adept at insulating garage floors in a way that will simply place them on the same level as the floors of the main house.

To convert my basement, what needs to be done?

The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. As a basement is generally low in a property, it is very important to build it up to ensure that your new conversion is not affected by groundwater. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.

  • Should I infill the door?

    The most popular route is to replace the main garage door with traditional walling matching the rest of the house, such as a masonry infill completely to and bonded into the existing brickwork. Our careful attention to detail during the design stage will allow us to assess whether the existing foundations need any modification to withstand the new loads. A cost-effective and attractive way to lighten the load placed on the foundations by the conversion, is to add extra windows or a glazed access door.

  • Why should I insulate the walls?

    The walls of integrated garages are generally designed to exactly the same specifications as those of the main property, meaning that they will not require any extra improvement. By erecting a stud wall with timbers so there is a wide enough space to place installation, your attached or detached single skin garage can easily be internally insulated. If your building has cavity walls, then we will not require stud walls to be built, we can simply blow insulation into the gap which means that all of the internal space is retained.

Roof insulation

It is a very simple process for our skilled builders to remove the garage roof at loft level. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.

Condensation can be highly detrimental to the building structure, therefore flat roofs will require rigid insulation between the ceiling joists and under them with a ventilation gap above. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.

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Windows and doors

Our dedication to customer satisfaction means that we will assist you in choosing the perfect windows that not only hit the appropriate u values but that also meet your safety standards, suit the style of your home and provide sufficient ventilation. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. Our sophisticated engineering techniques involve punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels to ensure the installation of casements, door sets and sashes to the highest standard.

This is also the case for the garage and main house access points. For a more open plan design, we would recommend the use of a reinforcing steel beam. Because an open plan designed garage conversion may involve more structural adjustments, it could be necessary for a structural engineer to lend his expertise. However if you have an integrated garage it is possible that a developer may decide that there are restrictive agreements which must be addressed prior to you beginning your conversion.

We will always fit an escape window into any habitable room that doesn’t have an exit to ensure that all building and safety regulations are being met. This must have a width and height of not less than 450 mm, a transparent openable area of at least 0.33 mm2 and should be located in such a way that the bottom of the openable area is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.

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Will I need to install heating and electrics?

We can provide highly trained industry professionals who can self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations, to install any kind of heating and electrical system necessary. Providing heating and lights in your quality new conversion may result in some additional load being placed on your consumer unit and boiler

It may be necessary to upgrade your devices to deal with the new electrical circuits and heating loops which could also potentially raise the total budget by £2000. An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion Our talented design team are committed to maximising floor space within your quality garage conversion, which is why we would suggest using slimline underfloor heating instead of radiators.

For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. Another main problem here is ventilation To avoid any buildup of humidity in a bathroom or kitchen within your conversion, our specialist builders would advocate the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator.

Price range for garage conversions in Barnes

Each garage conversion is a different size and design so without visiting the property and going through the design in detail, it is difficult to provide an accurate quotation. Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.

For this budget what work can I expect?

We would include;

  • Submits building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Dig footing to the front of the garage and supply and fit one 150×100 mm prestressed concrete lintel
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Supply and fit window board
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Supply and fit polythene radon, damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit new insulated door
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Plaster walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Supply and fit skirting and architrave
  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Jet wash drive
  • Gain final building certificates
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee

Barnes free garage conversion consultation

If you are interested in a Barnes custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?

Our approachable sales team is waiting for your call on (020) 8987 8071 should you need a free garage conversion quote or simply some advice.

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Frequently asked questions

Why convert my garage?

The following are important considerations when deciding whether to convert your garage Always an important consideration before undertaking any construction project is whether the profits i.e. the added value to your home, will be higher than the spend. A great person to consult is a trusted local estate agent.

Another very important consideration is how much extra space you will receive in comparison to the amount of money you will spend. If you require more space then at some point you may need to move to a new house, a garage conversion is a much cheaper option than this. It is also good to be aware that your council tax may be affected because of your garage conversion. Check the added cost before you proceed

Will my garage conversion require planning permission?

Our extensive industry experience has shown that generally planning permission is not required if you want to convert your garage

But we still encourage our customers to contact their local authority before the work starts to confirm if there are no covenants on your property or in the area where planning permission to convert your garage could be appropriate.

If there are any planning permissions that need to be acquired before work can begin, our professional team will be happy to take care of the nitty-gritty.

When will you need planning permission for a garage conversion?
    • If the garage conversion increases your home beyond permitted development rights if you live in a listed building
    • If you live in a listed building
    • You are converting the space of business
    • Your council has restrictions on reducing parking

By ensuring that the exterior of the garage remains untouched, you can avoid these restrictions.

Will the conversion take a long time?
Common conversion will be completed in 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the specification involved.
Once my conversion is completed, will i receive a building control certificate?

Throughout the whole process our expert and professional team at elite builders London will liaise with the local council building control officers to ensure that they are aware of all of the work undertaken and also that they will give you a completion certificate once an inspector has seen the conversion.

Are elite builders London fully insured to convert my garage?

Yes, we are comprehensively insured

What kind of guarantee will i receive?

All of our high quality garage conversions are covered with a 15 year company guarantee.


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